PASCO - Two men from Sunnyside, 27-year-old Alejandro Valle-Vasquez and 24-year-old David Gomez, were this past Tuesday sentenced in Franklin County Superior Court for kidnapping, assaulting and extorting a Pasco man.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said the trial was set for yesterday (Wednesday), but the men accepted a plea deal.
Gomez pled guilty to assault second degree with a deadly weapon enhancement and unlawful possession of a firearm second degree.
"He was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison," said Sant, stating another 12 months was added to the sentence for the deadly weapon enhancement.
Valle-Vasquez, also known as Alejandro Jimenez Delgado, pled guilty to assault second degree with a deadly weapon enhancement, as well. Another charge of third degree assault was added to the plea deal.
He had no prior felony history and was sentenced to nine months in jail with an additional 12 months for the deadly weapon enhancement.
"A 10-year no-contact order was entered as part of the sentencing and they (Gomez and Valle-Vasquez) will both be on 18 months community custody following release from prison," said Sant, who said the Pasco Police Department was responsible for securing the conviction via a thorough police investigation.
The original charges against the Sunnyside men were kidnapping first degree stemming from a January 2012 incident during which the men were accused of luring their victim, kidnapping him and attempting extortion.
The men were, according to Pasco Police Captain Jim Raymond, accused of targeting victims, telling those victims they would have to pay to stay alive.
In January Raymond told the Daily Sun News the victim in the case for which they were convicted told police he had been held against his will in Sunnyside at a local dairy. While there, Gomez and Valle-Vasquez demanded he pay them or give them the title to his vehicle to keep from being killed.
Raymond said the man was taken to two other properties before he convinced his captors he would pay them.
The victim was released and reported the incident to police, who were able to locate the suspects' vehicle based on the victim's description.
At the time of Gomez and Valle-Vasquez's arrest, officers say they found two assault rifles and evidence related to the kidnapping inside the vehicle.
Yesterday Sant said he would like to express his appreciation to the police investigating the case.